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The second race in the Kent Fitness League 2023/24 season took place in Eltham on Sunday Nov 19th, writes Jim Knight. 545 runners from18 Kent Athletics Clubs, including a strong team of 41 from Sevenoaks, tackled the hilly course through Oxleas Woods in bright sunny, but cold conditions.

After coming 3rd in the first race in Swanley on Nov 12th, Sevenoaks ladies ran even better in Eltham to win the race and improve to 2nd in the series.

Star runner Andrea Berquez led throughout the race to secure a comfortable win in 35 minutes 38 seconds. The other scoring team members all ran brilliantly – Caroline Fenwick (11th &1st W45), Joanne Rodda in her first KFL race (14th), Cath Linney (16th) and Pauline Dalton (54th) – to score a comfortable win over Canterbury Harriers in 2nd position.

In the men’s race, Allan Lee 50 year-old was a brilliant 3rd (& 1st M50) just 17 seconds behind the winner, having missed the Swanley race through injury. James Mason was 6th again (&1st M40), followed by Ed Saunders (36th), Guillaume Nineven (41st), Luke Green (78th), Harvey Taylor (84th), William Palmer (64th), and Keith Dowson (110th). 

Medway & Maidstone AC won the men’s race with Sevenoaks in 2nd, just ahead of Dartford Harriers.

In the series, Petts Wood Runners still lead the combined team event with Medway & Maidstone 2nd and SAC 3rd. However the Sevenoaks women’ team, in 2nd place, is only one point behind leaders Canterbury Harriers.

The SAC results were as follows:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Bib Runner Age Time Club Score Rtg #
3 3 863 Allan Lee 50 30:43 Sevenoaks AC V50:1 99.45 16
6 6 869 James Mason 40 31:16 Sevenoaks AC V40:1 98.61 21
36 36 887 Edmund Saunders 41 34:31 Sevenoaks AC V40:2 90.30 23
41 41 879 Guillaume Nineven 38 34:52 Sevenoaks AC M1 88.92 12
60 1 836 Andrea Berquez 38 35:58 Sevenoaks AC V35 100.00 8
66 64 881 William Palmer 51 36:20 Sevenoaks AC V50:2 82.55 8
84 78 1021 Luke Green 32 37:29 Sevenoaks AC M2 78.67 Debut
93 84 893 Harvey Taylor 19 38:07 Sevenoaks AC M3 77.01 11
96 86 878 Sebastian Naughton 49 38:14 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 76.45 12
99 89 830 Richard Alford-Smith 47 38:27 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 75.62 16
100 11 852 Caroline Fenwick 45 38:29 Sevenoaks AC V45 94.57 9
104 92 834 James Baker 59 38:40 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 74.79 26
116 14 1022 Joanne Rodda 47 39:14 Sevenoaks AC F1 92.93 Debut
120 106 1044 Nick Humphrey-Taylor 51 39:29 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 70.91 8
124 110 848 Keith Dowson 60 39:38 Sevenoaks AC V60 69.81 17
130 16 865 Catherine Linney 54 40:00 Sevenoaks AC F2 91.85 45
132 116 874 Andrew Monk 47 40:04 Sevenoaks AC NS 68.14 6
133 117 832 Andrew Ashlee 54 40:08 Sevenoaks AC NS 67.87 29
138 120 846 Chris Desmond 60 40:20 Sevenoaks AC NS 67.04 86
145 21 854 Nicola Glover 35 40:45 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 89.13 10
154 133 831 Brian Allen 51 41:02 Sevenoaks AC NS 63.43 2
158 136 896 Anthony Waldron 56 41:20 Sevenoaks AC NS 62.60 36
160 138 868 Jonathan Marsh 63 41:27 Sevenoaks AC NS 62.05 7
162 140 872 Nicholas Mileham 43 41:33 Sevenoaks AC NS 61.50 5
164 142 835 Adam Bates 40 41:33 Sevenoaks AC NS 60.94 2
170 147 859 David Killpack 38 41:41 Sevenoaks AC NS 59.56 5
173 149 849 Graham Dwyer 51 41:51 Sevenoaks AC NS 59.00 22
227 37 853 Vanessa Gilmartin 48 43:42 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 80.43 30
228 191 862 Leonard Lai King 44 43:44 Sevenoaks AC NS 47.37 12
250 205 850 Andrew Evans 53 44:39 Sevenoaks AC NS 43.49 54
256 209 900 Daniel Witt 48 44:52 Sevenoaks AC NS 42.38 68
260 211 866 Alan Male 53 45:09 Sevenoaks AC NS 41.83 6
266 51 883 Sarah Philpott 45 45:29 Sevenoaks AC NSBLS 72.83 2
275 54 844 Pauline Dalton 59 45:53 Sevenoaks AC V55 71.20 60
302 63 898 Bridgit Weekes 65 47:01 Sevenoaks AC NS 66.30 22
345 264 856 Simon Hallpike 70 48:22 Sevenoaks AC NS 27.15 60
349 84 901 Samantha Znetyniak 48 48:40 Sevenoaks AC NS 54.89 14
354 86 889 Sarah Shewell 64 49:05 Sevenoaks AC NS 53.80 125
458 132 843 Becca Crowe 63 55:28 Sevenoaks AC NS 28.80 12
482 340 892 Lionel Stielow 74 58:09 Sevenoaks AC NS 6.09 25
517 162 857 Anna Humphrey-Taylor 54 1:02:58 Sevenoaks AC NS 12.50 6

The full results are here.

The next race in the series will take place in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, on  Nov 26th when SAC will have the difficult task of organising the race and also fielding a strong team of runners. The race starts at 9 am.

The Kent Fitness League is a series of cross-country races between the 18 registered Athletics Clubs in Kent. Any number of club members can compete, but 13 are needed to score in the team competition – 8 men (of whom one must be aged 60+, two must be 50+ and two 40+) and 5 women (of whom one must be aged 55+,one 45+ and one 35+).

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